In recent years it's been pretty much a given that while Marvel comic book characters tend to rule at the cinema, DC's characters dominate the fields of animation and television.
However, after a couple of lacklustre cartoon movies - namely, Justice League: Doom and Justice League: War - DC was in need of a saviour to protect its home entertainment crown.
Luckily, next out of the stable was Son Of Batman, based on Grant Morrison's Batman And Son comic book run, which, while not perfect, is at least heading back in the right direction.
Ra's al Ghul's League Of Assassins is facing a hostile takeover by his former right-hand-man Slade Wilson (Thomas Gibson) aka Deathstroke and his army of mercenaries.
After an assault on the League of Assassin's mountain headquarters, Ra's Al Ghul's daughter - Talia (Firefly's Morena Baccarin) - heads to Gotham city with her son, Damian (Stuart Allan), to reunite him with his father... Bruce Wayne (Terra Nova's Jason O'Mara) aka The Batman.
Naturally, to compress the story into a 74 minute cartoon, the plot is quite abridged and it's only this that allows us to buy Batman's instant acceptance of Damian as his son.
Damian is headstrong and bloodthirsty, seeking revenge on Deathstroke for the death of his grandfather, so Batman has his work cut out for him, trying to rein in Damian's violent tendencies while coming to term's with his son's brutal upbringing.
Meanwhile Deathstroke has taken over a scheme set in motion by Ra's al Ghul to create a legion of monstrous assassins using the chemical know-how of Kirk Langstrom (Xander Berkeley) aka The Man-Bat.
As plots collide, events culminate in a finale worthy of James Bond movie, with Batman and Damian fighting Deathstroke and his Man-Bat brigade on - and underneath - a hi-tech oil rig off the coast of Scotland.
Even though the film is breathlessly pacey, Son Of Batman still manages to balance the requisite comic book fight scenes with plot and character development.
Its shortcomings are largely in the voice talent department. I know a lot of people won't accept anyone but Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman, so Jason O'Mara has some pretty big shoes to fill. He does a decent job as Bruce Wayne, but his Batman doesn't really have that edge the character needs.
However, the most bland - and disappointing - voice in the movie is Dharma & Greg's Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke. His interpretation of the character is devoid of the threat and menace required by Slade Wilson.
While it may have taken me a while to get used to Manu Bennett's accent coming out of the mouth of Slade Wilson in Arrow, at least he has the right degree of menace.
If only Warner Bros, could have got Ron Perlman, who voiced Deathstroke in The Flashpoint Paradox, back.